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Sous Vide: What Is It? What You Should Know About It

Sous Vide, a French cooking technique which translates to "under vacuum" has become quite popular. This French technique involves cooking food that has been vacuum sealed in a water bath at a precise temperature. The advantage of cooking the food at a precise temperature in a water bath is that the food cooks evenly throughout while retaining moisture.

If you're wondering what the difference is between cooking sous vide vs boiling in water, you're not alone. When cooking sous vide, the vacuumed food sits in a stable bath water using a temperature that does not exceed boiling point. In addition, the temperature remains steady throughout the cooking process. 

To cook Sous Vide you need an immersion circulator, a pot (experts often recommend a pot that you make pasta in, such as the Range Kleen CW7102 12 Quart Multi Cooker with Steamer and Pasta Insert ), a vacuum bag (or Ziploc bag) and depending on your immersion circulator device you'll likely need a smartphone app to control the device. Instructions vary between manufacturers but the general concept is to bag the food, fill a pot with enough water to cover the items you're cooking (leaving a little water above the food).

You'll want to protect the space your cooking on from the heat during the cooking process, so we recommend placing the pot on a Range Kleen Counter Mat on top of a stable surface. Place the immersion circulator into the pan and begin cooking using the app. Typically after food is cooked using the sous vide method, it is finished off on a grill or on the stove top to add a little browning to the meat or vegetables. Do you think you'll be cooking Sous Vide anytime soon? We'd love to hear about on our Facebook Page!

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New Year, New Resolutions

With another new year upon us, we have 365 days on the horizon filled with opportunities for self-improvement. Chatter about new years resolutions is everywhere: in the locker room at the gym (hello, swell of new members!), in the aisle of the grocery store as quinoa and kale fill up carts, and of course all over social media. 

Resolutions vary for everyone as they're based on personal goals. Top resolutions include weight loss for health, making exercise a consistent habit, consuming more wholesome foods, consuming water consistently and to pay off debt.

The best way to succeed in your resolution is to establish a goal, create a plan and track your actions. It may come as no surprise to you that most resolutions fail within the first week of February, according to a statistic from US News & World Report. If you want your resolution to succeed past February, follow these tips below.

Start small. If your ultimate goal is to run a marathon and you're not a runner, create small goals that build on each other, leading up to your ultimate goal. You're more inclined to continue to pursue your ultimate goal if you reward yourself for completion of smaller goals along the way. Making your goals feasible and realistic is key!

Track your goals. Dr. Gail Matthews, a professor at the Dominican University in California found you're 42% more likely to complete your goals if you write them down on a regular basis. 

Reward yourself, celebrate your successes! Human beings are heavily reliant on instant gratification. We want what we want, and we want it now. Rewarding yourself with small rewards in pursuit of your longer termed goals will help you feel euphoric and encourage you to continue pursuing the next reward.

Utilize tools to help you on your journey. Using tools to help you achieve your goal is a great strategy. For example, if your goal is to run in a 5K you might try downloading an app to your smartphone that directs your exercise each day leading up to the event. If your goal is to consume more water on a daily basis, you may try a water printable to track your intake. Range Kleen recently launched the Go Caddy compact tote which is great for carrying a water bottle along with identification cards, keys, money, and even sunglasses while remaining hands-free. 

 

Save 20% on your next order using code FF2018! At Range Kleen, we wish you luck in the coming months as you work to tackle your resolutions! 

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Post-Holiday Kleening: Oven Edition

Your oven probably worked as hard as you did this holiday season. From roasting the Thanksgiving turkey to the holiday ham, baking cookies and pies and all sorts of goodies in between. Give your oven a well-deserved kleening without harsh chemicals to remove any grime from the holidays! You'll need baking soda, vinegar in a spray bottle, a wet rag and a sponge. That's it!

Before cleaning the oven should be completely cooled. Remove the oven racks and soak in the kitchen sink in hot water with a 1/2 cup of vinegar. (If your oven racks don't fit in the kitchen sink you can soak them in the bathtub, be sure to place a towel underneath to avoid scratching your tub). If possible, allow soaking overnight. 

While the oven racks are soaking, make a baking soda paste. Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water to form a paste. Spread the paste inside the oven on the base and along the walls,  avoiding the heating elements. (Hint: It's normal for the paste to turn brown). Leave the paste to sit overnight.

Use a wet rag to wipe up as much of the paste as possible. This is a great time to use your Range Kleen Scrape and Kleen to scrape paste residue. Spritz remaining paste with vinegar. 

Wipeout remaining vinegar and baking soda residue. Give the oven racks a light scrub with a scrubbing sponge, rinse with water and return to them to the oven.

Check out the Range Kleen reusable, trimmable Oven Liner to make kleening your oven even easier next time!              

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Butter Late Than Never! A Quick Read on Butter

Butter Late Than Never! A Quick Read on Butter

Butter is in just about everything and there are many different kinds of butter available. Regular salted butter. Unsalted butter. Organic salted and unsalted butter. Butter from grass-fed cows. Butter from goats or sheep. Clarified butter. With so many butter varieties to choose from, it comes as no surprise that you might be a little confused on what kind of butter to buy and what purpose it serves.

We'll start with discussing the basics. Regular salted and unsalted butter is made from cream skimmed off of cows milk - that is churned until it begins to form into butter. Unsalted butter is often used in baking recipes to allow users to control the salt content. Organic butter is made from organic cream. Livestock that produces organic cream are not given antibiotics, growth hormones, or parasiticides and are fed an organic diet. These cows are required to graze in a pasture a certain portion of the year, so many argue that organic butter has a better taste and is more animal-friendly. Just as it sounds, grass-fed butter made from grass-fed cows. Grass-fed butter tends to be more golden than regular butter as the cow's consumer higher rates of beta-carotene. 

With a low melting temperature, goat's butter (yes, made from goats milk) is ideal at room temperature and is recommending for baking. It provides a rich flavor to butter cookies and other baked goods. Sheep's milk is reported to be the creamiest of all milk and is often said to have a sweeter taste than cows milk. Due to the creaminess of the milk, sheep's butter is luxuriously creamy and delicious. 

Ghee is clarified butter and it is delicious (probably because it is 100% butterfat), without the milk proteins or water that regular butter contains.  Ghee has gained popularity among the food allergy community as it is free of lactose and casein. In addition, it's a heat-stable cooking fat which makes it great for baking and sauteing. The higher smoke point of ghee also makes it suitable for frying. 

There are plenty of other kinds of butter on the market, so stay tuned for another quick read on this enticing spread.

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Hygge: Danish Coziness


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Holiday Shopping Online? Here Are Important Order Cut Off Dates

Holiday Shopping Online? Here Are Important Order Cut Off Dates

Thanksgiving has already passed and we can hardly believe it. The hustle and bustle of the holidays are upon us. Are you embracing the excitement and spirit of the season? At Range Kleen Mfg. Inc, we certainly are. 

If you still have holiday shopping to do, don't worry you're among good company. With plenty of days left to shop before Hanukkah which begins Tuesday, December 12th and Christmas which falls on Monday, December 25th, we wanted to give you a heads up on shipping.

As online shopping continues to grow, the demand for delivery does as well. To receive your items ordered, it's best to order as early in the shopping season as possible. To receive your Range Kleen orders before Christmas, you'll want to take note of the order cut off dates below. As always, enjoy free ground shipping* on Range Kleen orders over $39! A flat rate shipping charge of $5 applies to orders under $39.

The following are the final order dates for UPS/Fed Ex shipments to be delivered before December 25th.

 

UPS/Fed Ex Ground – Orders must be placed by December 13, 2017 

  

UPS/Fed Ex 3 day – Orders must be placed by December 17, 2017

  

UPS/Fed Ex 2 day – Orders must be placed by December 18, 2017 

  

UPS/Fed Ex Next Day – Orders must be placed by December 19, 2017

  

The final order date for United States Postal Service (USPS) will be December 10, 2017 NOTE: There is no guarantee that any shipments by USPS will deliver on time.
The order dates above apply to shipment to the 48 contiguous United States. Please contact us at info@rangekleen.com or call 888.391.2020 for information on other shipping locations.
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Thanksgiving Prep to Tackle Before Thursday

Thanksgiving Prep to Tackle Before Thursday

You have your grocery list. Hopefully, you've secured the turkey. What can you do in the meantime to prepare for Thankgiving? As it turns out, there are plenty of tasks to complete ahead of time. 

We love these Make-Ahead Tips from Kitchn which detail food items that can be prepped ahead of time. 

Monday is a popular day to begin thawing depending on the total weight of the turkey. Various sources state it takes about 24 hours to thaw a turkey in the fridge for every 4 to 5 pounds. Butterball has a great guide on how to thaw your turkey here.

On Tuesday, cranberry sauce and green beans can also be prepped, refer to the Kitchn article above for tips. Wednesday is an excellent day to bake your desserts, chop any vegetables and prepare centerpieces.

We'll be sharing quick dinners on facebook through Wednesday night to help you keep the stress to a minimum!

 

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Are You Holiday Ready?

Are You Holiday Ready?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means your kitchen will likely be in full swing between roasting the turkey, preparing the side dishes and baking delicious pies! At Range Kleen we wanted to share some of our best tips to prepare for the holiday, so you can enjoy time with your loved ones.

If you haven't cleaned your oven already, now is the time to do it! With less than two weeks from Thanksgiving, you'll want to clean your oven the old fashioned way, as opposed to using a self-cleaning feature (we know how tempting that can be). Cambria Bold of The Kitchn explains why "The super-high temperatures required to burn everything into oblivion can sometimes have the unintended consequence of burning out the heating elements and control panel, too, particularly if you have an older oven." You can find The Kitchn's instructions on How to Clean an Oven here.  

Look over your cookware and bakeware. Do you have the proper cookware you need? Do you have your roasting pan for the turkey? Pie pans for baking those delicious pies? Is your broiler pan showing signs of wear and tear? 

Test the temperature of your oven. If you don't own an oven thermometer, pick one up on your next trip to the store. Test your meat thermometer in the next piece of meat you cook between now and Thanksgiving to ensure it's working correctly. 

Last but not least, keep your Thanksgiving on point by sharpening your knives. 

Stay tuned for more helpful holiday tips! 

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You're Ready for Guests... BUT IS YOUR STOVE READY?

You're Ready for Guests... BUT IS YOUR STOVE READY?

Grease. Grime. Gunk. Burnt bits. Caked on filth. Blackened crud. There are many different ways to describe the filth that cooking can leave behind in your drip bowls and only two ways to remedy the situation.

If your dirt is light, you can clean your drip bowls and pans by wiping with a damp cloth. Chances are the dirt and grime more than you can wipe away, which is a sign it's time to change your drip bowls (or pans) out. Did you know that you can save up to $30 annually on your electric bill by changing out drip bowls and pans annually?

There's still time to save a little face and present a clean cooktop to your holiday guests if you order in the next few days

 

 Free ground shipping offered for any order over $39.00! 
Use promo code FF2017 to save 20% on your order!

 

 

 

MAKE YOUR KITCHEN FRESH!

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Getting Down and Dirty on Kitchen Kleening

Have you rolled up your sleeves? Because we're about to get down and dirty with cleaning. Fall is the perfect time of year to deep clean your kitchen before your holiday guests arrive!

Save yourself last-minute stress by deep cleaning now, so you can enjoy your time with loved ones in just a few weeks! Overwhelmed by what to do and where to start? Have no fear, Range Kleen is here. 

  • Remove any clutter that doesn't belong in the kitchen. Recycle dated papers. Clean off the countertops. 
  • Empty contents of the fridge. Toss any expired foods, leftovers on their last leg and wipe all surfaces down with a non-toxic cleaner. 
  • Load and run the dishwasher.
  • Clean upper cabinets with a damp cloth and range hood (if applicable) with a damp cloth (always adhere to manufacturers instructions). 
  • Wipe down any counter appliances (microwave, coffee maker, etc) from top to bottom. Clean out the microwave.
  • Wipe down cooktop, and
  • If your oven has a self-cleaning cycle, this would be a great time to start it. If you're cleaning your oven the old fashioned way, stay tuned for an upcoming blog post. Be sure to clean the gap between range and countertop, with the Reach and Sweep Brush. This brush is also great for cleaning under the stove, refrigerator coils, and tight crevices.
  • You may want to add a Kleen Seam to bridge the gap between range and countertop for a seamless look in your kitchen.
  • Then wipe down lower cabinets and baseboards (adhering to manufacturers instructions). 
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    It's Almost The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    With Halloween just days away, the holidays will be here before you know it. Pretty soon you'll be sitting around the table with your loved ones enjoying juicy, roast turkey and grandma's delicious homemade pumpkin pie that no one else can quite replicate. It's probably the magical touch of love she folds into the pie that makes it taste so good. Before we can enjoy the magic and warmth of loved ones gathering and good things to eat, there's prep work, right? 

    Now is the perfect time to start prepping your kitchen for all of the cooking and baking on the horizon. A quick and easy way to update your kitchen is to change our your drip bowls (or pans). It's such an easy chore to take care of and can upgrade your range from unsightly to holiday ready in just a few minutes.

    To start you'll want to select the correct drip bowls (or pans) for your range. If you visit our website here, you'll be able to select your range on the left-hand side to narrow down the selection, then find your match.



    Once you've found your match and have ordered the replacements, check to see that the range is turned off and elements have cooled completely.



    We'll use a Hot Point Range with plug-in style elements for this quick tutorial. Remove each element by lifting up slightly toward you, then pull away from the plug-in. You'll be able to quickly pull the elements out. Then remove the drip bowls by lifting them up and out. Wipe away any grease that may have collected below.             

                                    

     

    Align drip bowl element hole with element plug in and drop into place. Replace element by plugging back in, and continue until all drip bowls have been replaced. Stay tuned for more tips to whip your kitchen into shape as the holidays approach!

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    Bring on the Broil!

    For many areas impacted by inclement weather, Fall is the perfect time of year to fire up the outdoor grill and enjoy your favorite grilled foods. Crisp steaks, charred vegetables, and smoky flavored chicken or tofu are always great. But sometimes you don't want to fire up the grill and wait for the coals to turn ashy. 

    On days when you want a quick, delicious crisp food we recommend broiling. If you're in the mood for a crisp salmon, we recommend this recipe by Deborah Swanson. If you're in the market for a new broiler pan, we have just the pan for you. Check out our collection of broiler pans here


    Melt-in-Your-Mouth Broiled Salmon
    By Deborah Swanson
    Prep 30 m       Cook 15 m   Ready In 45 m
    "Fresh salmon with butter and herbs melts in your mouth; it's truly the best. Serve it with wild rice pilaf and fresh string beans."
    Ingredients
    1 clove garlic, chopped
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    4 (6 ounces) salmon fillets
    1/2 cup butter
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    2 tablespoons lemon juice

    1/4 cup white wine
    1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon garlic salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons fines herbs
    1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

    Directions
    Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil, and spray with nonstick spray.
    Place garlic and olive oil in a small microwave-safe bowl and cook on High for 1 1/2 minutes. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, and stir in the garlic mixture. Remove from heat; stir in the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, white wine, black pepper, garlic salt, and fines herbs.
    Place the salmon fillets skin-side down on the prepared pan. Spoon about 1/3 of the butter sauce over the fillets, and sprinkle evenly with the fresh dill.
    Broil in the preheated oven for 3 minutes. Turn salmon fillets so that the side of the fillet faces up, and baste fillets with about 1/3 of the butter sauce; broil for 3 minutes. Turn the fillets to place the opposite side facing up; spoon on the remaining butter sauce; broil until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 3 additional minutes.
    ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2017 Allrecipes.com
    Printed From Allrecipes.com 10/18/2017

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